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"...if anyone makes the assistance of grace depend on the humility or obedience of man and does not agree that it is a gift of grace itself that we are obedient and humble, he contradicts the Apostle who says, "What have you that you did not receive?" (1 Cor. 4:7), and, "But by the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Cor. 15:10). (Council of Orange: Canon 6)

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  • « The Gospel and Changing Cultural Perceptions | Main | "But Adam Had a Free Will." »

    But what about "whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved?

    Indeed. We all affirm wholeheartedly that "whosoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." and that is what we declare to all men; but therein lies the difficulty. Are men ever found naturally willing to submit to the humbling terms of the gospel of Christ? "Whosoever will" it is a conditional statement asserts nothing indicatively. Statements like "believe the gospel", "whosoever will", "if thou art willing", "if thou hear", "if thou do" declare, not man's ability, but his duty. By failing to see this It appears you are confusing imperatives (commands) with indicatives (what God does for us). By doing so you end up ignoring half of the Bible which gives you the content to read this in.... the Bible which declares "whosoever will" also asserts that no man will come to Christ unless God grants it (John 6:65). And all those He grants will come (John 6:37) We indiscriminately call all men to believe the gospel but the Bible also teaches that no one will come apart from grace.

    Synergists teach that 'salvation depends on human will', but the Bible teaches that (and I quote) 'it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy." (Rom 9:16)

    Synergists teach '... and as many as believed were ordained to eternal life.' but The Bible teaches (and I quote) 'AND AS MANY AS WERE ORDAINED TO ETERNAL LIFE BELIEVED.' (Acts 13:48)

    Synergists teach that 'you are not Christ's sheep because you do not believe', but Jesus teaches that 'you do not believe because you are not of My sheep.' (John 10:26)

    Many seem to invert this clear biblical order. Grace is not a reward for faith, but the cause of it. To invert this is to confuse imperatives and indicatives. By doing so you end up ascribing your repenting and believing to your own wisdom, humility, sound judgment and good sense and not to Christ alone. Then it becomes, not a gospel of grace, but of meeting conditions in order to win God's grace. That is nothing less than salvation by merit.

    Posted by John on October 19, 2013 04:41 PM

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    I like to explain this by saying: imagine you are at a test match (that is an international cricket game for those who don't know - but the same applies for all sports), and I say "Everyone who runs on the field today will represent their country in cricket."

    Now did running on the field cause these players to be eligable to represent their country? - No! They have been on a life-long journey, and done a lot of training and have been *chosen* prior to running on the field today.

    It is the same for this verse. Calling on the name of the Lord does not save you - you have already been on a life-long journey throughout your life, training you and changing you, and God has chosen you prior. It is not the calling on the Lord that saves you, but those who call on the Lord are acting out of being saved already.

    Whosoever has been given the will by God to call on His name, or whosoever has been regenerated will indeed call on His name, or whosoever has been given a heart of flesh rather than the heart of stone shall call on the Lord's name, or whosoever has been chosen. I like to think it is only those whose nature has been changed from a child of wrath to a child of God will call on the His name. But they will call on His name for they are His.

    Here is what I find amazing: whether one is a Calvanist or not, If he preaches the gospel people get saved. So, what is the most important? Preaching the gospel or proving one's theological point of argument? Does it then mean I can't have fellowship with the believer who isn't of my particular persuasion?

    Pastor Dan Eidson

    Yes agreed, but that only begs the question. What is the gospel and where does one draw the line when someone teaches something contrary to the gospel. So ultimately what matters is being faithful to the Scriptures. If Jesus declares "no one can come to me unless God grants it" (John 6:65) He obviously thought this an important a point enough to highlight and include in the Scripture. So when people teach that they can come to Christ whether He grants it or not, then it is important to point out this inconsistency. So the issue again is not whether we will have fellowship with a person who is inconsistent but whether it dishonors God to misrepresent him by saying things directly contrary to his word. We are not acting brotherly if we refuse to point out when they are sinning theologically against the Lord, especially when it is over something so essential as what degree grace has to do with our salvation. .

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